Meet The Team – Euphonium Player James Brooks – Clinical Support Technician – Allegro Optical Greenfield

Today’s ‘Team Blog’ is all about one of our Greenfield team here at Allegro Optical – James Brooks.

Clinical Support Technician James joined us through his musical connections and works full-time at our Saddleworth practice in the lovely village of Greenfield. His advanced skills in I.T. and his vast musical background makes him the perfect fit for us here at Allegro. James has been with us for 8 months now and is already making huge strides with his progression by being accepted onto the ‘Optical Assistants’ course with ABDO, Association of British Dispensing Opticians which he will start in September. We see him as a big part of the future of Allegro Optical and know he has a fantastic career ahead of him with us. A keen brass player, James has played Euphonium with various Championship Section brass bands across the North-West and Yorkshire.

From Baritone to Euphonium

James started playing Baritone at the age of 10 at Diggle training band under the leadership of one of our clients, Dave Shipp. He quickly progressed up to the ‘B’ band where it soon became clear he needed something a little bigger! He was handed a Euphonium and the rest, as they say, is history. James progressed in the Diggle setup and went on to play with the ‘A’ band before deciding to move on to join the then Championship Section band, Dobcross Silver under the direction of Dennis Hadfield. James spent 3 years at Dobcross before signing for Yorkshire Championship Section outfit, Pennine Brass. He was lured back to Dobcross for a further 2 years. This time under Grenville Moore where he won the North-West regional championships. In 2010, James signed for his village band, The Oldham Band (Lees) where he won more contests than we can fit into this blog and he hasn’t looked back since!

It’s not just about the brass

In addition to his love of Brass James plays the guitar and in his free time he is also learning to play the piano. We feel this places James in the perfect position to help correct the vision of all our musician clients. James is a big fan of Oldham Athletic Football Club and he has been an avid supporter all his life. In fact he was just 1 week old when he attended his first game. James’ Mum worked on the Oldham turnstiles and he used to go to work with her. When not at work, playing his Euphonium or supporting Oldham Athletic? James loves to spend time with his family, partner Kayleigh and 1-year old daughter Olivia who keeps him busy. At Allegro Optical we always put family first and are passionate about family values. Allegro Optical recently won the Yorkshire and Humber Family Business of the Year Award.

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